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Tony Award Winner

Closed September 17, 2017

"Director-choreographer Andy (Hamilton) Blankenbuehler deploys a cast headed by the sparkling and tough Laura Osnes and Corey Cott and boasting some of the most spectacular dancers on Broadway this minute."

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Why See Bandstand?

Bringing back the swing

A musical in the classic mode, Bandstand transports you back to the sizzling big band era of the 1940s. Marrying a central love story with a grounded post-WW2 setting, Bandstand is a Broadway spectacular with real emotional bite. Its story follows a group of veterans who form a swing band on their return home, with the hope of hitting the big time in a national radio competition. The production won the 2017 Tony for Best Choreography, and also picked up two Drama Desk Awards.

The latest show from the Paper Mill Playhouse stable (which in recent years has also given us A Bronx Tale), Bandstand boasts electric dancing and direction from Andy Blankenbuehler, who won two Tonys for choreographing Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights and Hamilton and has been nominated for two 2017 Tony Awards for his work on this production! The jazzy score is written by Richard Oberacker & Robert Taylor, much of which is played live on stage, and reprising their roles from the Paper Mill staging are two-time Tony nominees Laura Osnes (Bonnie and Clyde, Cinderella) and Corey Cott (Gigi, Newsies).

What is Bandstand About?

Donny Novitski is back from the war and unsure what the future holds. His nights are restless, with visions of the battlefield running through his mind, but perhaps music holds the key to his recovery. A once promising jazz musician, Danny's interest is peaked by a national song competition on the radio, with the winning band bagging an appearance in an MGM movie! Donny sets about putting together a band of fellow veterans, determined that their terrible past experiences shouldn't hold them back from claiming a better future.

With the band improving, Donny's luck seems to have hit an even bigger break when he finds the beautiful and talented widow Julia to be their singer. A romance begins to blossom between the two, yet the band are heading into choppy waters. Their collective pasts can't be so easily forgotten, and the tension caused by all their underlying mental stresses is threatening to break the band apart. As the competition looms closer, they must rediscover their unity if they stand a shot at glory.

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Additional Information

Dates

Previews from: 31 March 2017

Opening night: 26 April 2017

Audience

Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre

Run time

Two hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission

Cast and Creative

Cast

Laura Osnes
Corey Cott
Beth Leavel
Joe Carroll
Brandon James Ellis
Nate Hopkins
Geoff Packard
Joey Pero

Ensemble: Mary Callanan, Max Clayton, Patrick Connaghan, Matt Cusack, Andrea Dotto, Marc A. Heitzman, Ryan Kasprzak, Andrew Leggieri, Erica Mansfield, Morgan Marcell, Drew McVety, Kevyn Morrow, Jessica Lea Patty, Becca Petersen, Keven Quillon, Jonathan Shew, Ryan VanDenBoom, Jaime Verazin, Mindy Wallace and Kevin Worley

Creative

Directed and Choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler
Book & Lyrics by Richard Oberacker & Robert Taylor
Music by Richard Oberacker.

Awards

2017 TONY Wins

Best Choreography - Andy Blankenbuehler

2017 Tony Nominations

Best Choreography - Andy Blankenbuehler
Best Orchestrations - Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen

2017 Drama Desk WINS

Outstanding Choreography - Andy Blankenbuehler
Outstanding Orchestrations - Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen

2017 DRAMA DESK Nominations

Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Laura Osnes
Outstanding Book of a Musical - Richard Oberacker
Outstanding Music - Richard Oberacker
Outstanding Choreography - Andy Blankenbuehler
Outstanding Orchestrations - Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen
Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical - Paloma Young
Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical - Jeff Croiter

What we thought

Strong EMPOWERING beautiful

Bandstand is sure to be a new American classic

Set in Cleveland, Ohio during the mid 1940s, Bandstand is vibrant, colorful and fun whilst sensitively portraying the story of ex-soldiers finding solace - and hope - in music.

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